Like on the rest of the world, in China some users’ online credentials and data are either used without their permission by some Internet companies to their benefit or traded on the black market. While some are common practices worldwide, there are some that can only happen in China.

TOMsInsight, an online data analysis and research service founded by veterans from Microsoft, Baidu and McKinsey, concludes that some tactics or even cyber crimes by Chinese copycats in order to gain or engage users are the major causes of the failure of many Internet services from outside China. It’s called by many “The Black Barrier”.

TOMsInsight has recently released a series of reports on China’s online black market. Here are my takeaways, what we have long heard about that are unique about the Chinese Web.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com